Skip to main content

Ananthagiri Hills near Vikarabad - a weekend getaway.

Featured post on IndiBlogger, the biggest community of Indian Bloggers
A road trip from Hyderabad to Vikarabad enroute Mehdipatnam, Langar House, Chilkur, Moinabad, Chevella and Vikarabad to reach Ananthagiri Hills is an exciting experience. Ananthagiri is situated at an altitude with panoramic viewpoints and wandering about in the forests in this region would be a thrilling and adventurous experience.
Ananthagiri is located at a distance of around 75 Km from Hyderabad and around 6 Km from Vikarabad in the Ranga Reddy District of Telangana. This is a mini hill range with rich forest surrounding the area which makes it an ideal eco-tourist spot particularly for trekking and walking in the forest.

Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple

The place derived its name from Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple which is the main attraction of the place. The main deity of the temple, Anantha Padmanabha Swamy, is believed to be one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. As per Sthalapurana / local legend, it is believed that Markandeya Maharishi, a devotee of Lord Shiva, selected this pleasant and peaceful area for observing Yoga Sadhana or deep penance which is believed to be lasted for around 1400 years. After meditation, the Rishi daily used to go for a Holy dip in the Holy Ganges at Varanasi (Kasi) through a cave tunnel.  Lord Vishnu who was please with his stern devotion appeared before Markandeya in the form of Anantha Padmanabha Swamy inside a cave. Once during the Dwadasi time, the sage couldn't make his way to Kasi for the Holy dip and hence was upset for the break in his penance.

Lord Vishnu was much pleased with the Sage's determination and devotion and thus appeared before him in the form of Anantha Padmanabha Swamy. Lord Vishnu arranged to bring down the waters of Holy Ganges for the uninterrupted penance of the Sage. It is believed that later Markandeya Maharishi was blessed to take a permanent place in the world by transforming into River Musi.

As per Skanda Purana, it is believed that the temple was built by Markandeya Maharishi in the Dwapara Yuga (the period when Lord Vishnu incarnated on Earth as Lord Krishna. It is believed to be the period before the present Kali Yuga).
Presently, there are deities of the Lord inside the cave and devotees flock to have His darshan. The temple remains open for devotees through out the day from 7.30 a.m to 8 p.m. It is flooded with devotees particularly on weekends and special days of religious importance.

According to a unique history of the temple, it is mentioned that Anantha Padmanabha Swamy appeared in the dream of the Governor of the Province of Vikar and asked him to build a temple. The temple was constructed during the Nizam period. As per the directions of the Lord, the temple was built in the same place where Lord Vishnu appeared as Anantha Padmanabha Swamy to Markandeya Maharishi who was blessed to transform into River Musi.

There is a standing statue of Lord Hanuman near the temple where from you can walk down the steps. Here you can find rich flora which include trees, creepers etc with natural as well as man-made caves and some historic symbols of religious importance.

After the darshan, you can take the exit and reach the 'prasadam' counter for purchasing Pulihora and Laddu prasadam. Prasadam is tasty and costs Rs.5/- each.

You can also go down the steps from inside or outside the temple to reach Koneru or Pushkarini - the Holy temple tank where you can have a dip. On the way to Koneru, you can see Markandeya Rishi Temple

Besides Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple, you can visit Bugga Rameshwaram temple and Bugga Waterfalls. This is a Shivalayam i.e Shiva temple which is located at a distance of around 1.5 Km from Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple towards the left. There is an underground spring near the temple which is believed to be the origin of River Musi. You can see the waterfalls only when there are heavy rains during the monsoon season. If you visit the place during summer, you will be disappointed to see no waterfalls.


You can have a one day road trip from Hyderabad or if you want, you can stay over night in Haritha Valley View Resorts operated by the Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation (TSTDC). There are luxurious AC rooms with catering and service facilities as well for a comfortable stay. Though accommodation is available round the year, yet it is better to book online reservation from the official website of TSTDC or you can contact # 08416-256800 for more information.

Reaching the place

When you take a road trip in your four wheeler or book a cab from Hyderabad, you will enjoy the most. However, there are regular private and RTC buses well connected to Vikarabad from various places of the twin states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. You can even reach the place via rail route to Vikarabad from major cities of the twin states. However, the nearest airport to the place is RGIA at Shamshabad in Hyderabad.

You can even have customized package tours organized by TSTDC.

Popular posts from this blog

How to perform Ksheerabdi Dwadasi Pooja / Vratam

Ksheerabdi Dwadasi falls on the 12th day after Deepavali Amavasya in the Hindu month of Kaartika Maasam. It is an auspicious day for the Hindus, particularly the married women. On Ksheerabdi Dwadasi day, married women, mostly in the Southern states perform Tulasi Pooja in the evening. Holy Basil plant is worshiped by the married women on this auspicious day for a happy and blissful married life.

Recommended for reading: Significance of Ksheerabdi Dwadasi. Mostly, married women observe fasting in the daytime on this auspicious day, though it is not compulsory.
Procedure for performing Tulasi poojaRefresh yourself with a shower in the evening and dress in a traditional way as per your family customClean the potted plant and smear turmeric paste around the pot i.e Tulsi kota.Decorate the pot with dots of kumkuma and rice flour. Draw 'Kalyanam bottu' (special way of putting bindi to the brides during wedding) at the center of the dots.Decorate the plant and the pot (Tulasi kota) …

Lyrics and meaning of Brahmamokkate Parabrahmamokkate

This Keertana is one of the best and most popular compositions of Saint Annamayya in which he describes the universal truth of oneness and omnipresence of God in all the creatures alike. The Keertana is sung in Bouli / Mayamalava Goula Ragam.

Tandanana Ahi Tandanana Pure Tandanana Bhala Tandanana
Brahmamokkate Parabrahma Mokkate Prabrahmamokkate Prabrahmamokkate

The word 'tandanana' is a slang used in the local folklore to give a rhythmic punch to the folk music. While the words 'ahi' 'pure' and 'bhala' are words of appreciation in the local language (different dialects of Telugu). The second line describes the oneness of God.

Kanduvagu Heenadhikamu Lindu Levu Andariki Srihare Antaratma
Indulo Jantu Kulaminta Nokkate Andariki Srihare Antaratma

There is no class distinction like high or low and it is Sri Hari (the Supreme God) who dwells in all the beings. There is even no distinction among the creatures as it is He who dw…

Importance And Significance Of Karthika Masam

Karthika Masam is the 8th month in the Hindu lunar calendar. It usually falls in the month of October /November. The Hindu month of Kaartik starts from the next day after Deepavali in the regions where a new month starts after Amaavasya. It is one of the most auspicious and holiest months for the Hindus as it is very dear to both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.

This year (2019) Kaartika Maasam begins on October 29, 2019 (Tuesday) and ends on November 26th. Hindus remain busy through out the month performing poojas, rituals, functions and other such celebrations during the month. It is believed that those who deeply involve in prayers to Lord Shiva would help them in attaining Moksha i.e salvation.
Importance of Kaartika Maasam It is believed that during this month Lord Shiva killed the mighty and powerful demon kings of Tripurasura and thus relieved all the worlds from their clutches.

There is also a belief that Lord Vishnu who goes on a long sleep from Aashada Suddha Ekaadasi day (known…